New fights in Idlib – the Syrian Arab Army fired on Pro-Turkish positions
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Arab Army carried out an attack on terrorist and pro-Turkish militants positions in southern Idlib on late April 3, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according a local source and news agency Krasnaya Vesna.
According to the source, the SAA fired on the positions of terrorist groups in the areas of the villages of Sfukhin and Kafr-Uweid in the south of Idlib province in response to terrorist shelling of the city of Saraqib.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that early on April 3 the Turkish armed forces attacked the Syrian military with missiles in the city of Tal Tamr in the province of Hasek. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) accused Ankara of this, the corresponding message was published on the organization’s website.
According to SOHR, two military personnel in Syria were killed, seven more were injured. No other casualties have been reported.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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